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Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Living in Kuching

Accommodation

There are many residential estates near Swinburne Sarawak (SUTS) located within 5 to 15 minutes’ drive which offer different types of houses at an affordable rental rate. Rentals vary depending on the type of houses / apartments, location, furnishing, and facilities provided.

A common tenancy agreement is on a one-year contract with an initial payment of two-month rental deposit and one-month rental.

We encourage you to do your own online information search.  There are several popular property websites on renting of residential premises, such as iproperty.com.my and propertyguru.com.my.

    SCAM WARNING:
  • Do not give or send money to a landlord when you have not seen the property.
  • Do not trust emails that ask you to send money in exchange for the keys.
  • Do not pay money by fund transfer to someone you do not know.

Utilities

Utility usage (electricity and water) are usually borne by the tenants although some landlords may include utility charges in the monthly rental. The account usually remains under the landlord’s name although the tenant pays the bills. Charges for electricity and water vary depending on usage.

Monthly bill for utilities may be about RM250 for a household, depending on moderate and mindful usage.

Cost of Living

Our local grocery stores give special promotions / discounts on certain items, especially during weekends or prior to festive seasons. You may check their offers on their Facebook accounts or advertisements in newspapers.

Childcare, Kindergartens and Schools

Childcare and Kindergartens
There are several childcare and Kindergartens available in Kuching and a few are near SUTS. Some kindergartens offer school uniforms and stationery. Schooling hours for kindergartens are usually from 8:00am until 11:30am, Mondays to Fridays.

List of registered child care centre in Kuching is available on Department of Social Welfare website.

School fees vary widely and may have increment of fees yearly. Therefore, we encourage you to do your own information search.

Schools (Primary Schools and Secondary Schools)
Most of the schools (primary and secondary) near SUTS are public schools which follow the National School Curriculum. However, there are several private schools operating in Kuching which offer either National School Curriculum only or both National and International School Curriculum.

Public primary schools in Kuching are mainly divided into two categories based on the medium of instruction such as follows:
a) Malay-medium National Schools; and
b) Mandarin-medium National-type Schools

Public secondary schools use Malay as the main medium of instruction. However, English is a compulsory subject in all schools.

Private schools that are available in Kuching are St. Joseph Private School, Lodge Group of Schools, Sunny Hill School and Tunku Putra School. Medium of instruction for all these schools are in English. Following is the table that has the link to the private schools’ webpage and their latest admission fees:

Name of School School’s webpage and link to latest admission fees
St. Joseph Private School Webpage: http://www.stjosephprivate.com/
National Admission Fee
and International Admission Fee
Lodge Group of Schools Webpage: http://www.lodgeschool.edu.my/
Admission Fee
Sunny Hill School Webpage: http://www.sunnyhillschool.edu.my/shs/
Admission Fee
Tunku Putra School Webpage: http://www.tps.edu.my/
Admission Fee

Medical services

Kuching has a government general hospital and several private specialist hospitals which provide medical consultation and treatment, clinical services (including surgery), clinical support services, and hospitalization. There are also several government and private clinics which provide the general outpatient treatment.

Transportation

Public transportation such as buses and taxis are available. However, bus services are restricted to certain areas only and schedules vary. Car rental service is also available.

Telecommunications

Mobile Phone
Maxis, Celcom, and DiGi are Malaysia’s major telcos that offer competitive plans for both prepaid and postpaid. It is advisable to study the plans offered by the telco carefully before signing contract.

Fixed Phone Line
Telekom Malaysia (TM) is the national phone company. To register for a fixed phone line, you must first visit the nearest Telekom Malaysia office and complete the application form. There is a deposit which has to be paid and this is standard. Please visit TM website at http://www.tm.com.my/ for more information on available phone plans.

Broadband connection
You may want to choose TMNet’s Streamyx service and UniFi for wired broadband internet access (ADSL). It is reasonably easy to have it set up at home, and it can be done at the same time as your landline. Please visit TM website for more information. 

For wireless internet connection, providers available include Maxis, Celcom and Digi. It is advisable to study the plans offered by the telco carefully before signing contract.